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August 10, 2016 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What exactly is a Sociopath?

As a functioning sociopath I feel qualified to answer this. Certainly more than any doctor who has about as much insight into the human mind as my dog does as to why I put on a shirt every day. I’ll be happy to defend that comment as well and invite any psychologist to flip through the recent DSM and find me one definitive diagnosis in the entire book that isn’t obvious to a 5 year old, and then tell me they have it all figured out.

I understand the conceptual ideas people associate with emotions. I use those to my advantage. I feel those emotions at times. After 11 years of marriage I finally understood what love is. It took my wife being hospitalized for a psychiatric issue, twice, and arguing with a room full of highly educated doctors about the mere notion that they may not deeply understand the human mind as well as they think they do, and that it took me 20 minutes and a medical book to come up with the exact same diagnosis they did, and they had 12 years of schooling which they wasted considering the ease an untrained joe can come up with the same diagnosis and path of treatment. My wife is also a doctor. A real one though, a surgeon, not a fraud like the entire psychiatric field.

I understand that society has a general consensus as to what we consider right and wrong. I make no distinction between those concepts and could, given an number of possibilities, create a situation where almost any immoral action would be justified. I understand that societies have setup a system of what they like to refer to as “Laws”, which are in fact rules. Laws cannot be broken, that’s why we call them laws. Gravity is a law. Don’t speed or stab someone in the face with a pen is a rule, because I speed all the time and I have a number of people I wouldn’t mind shanking in the eye with a pen. I get that people are put into power by the will of the weak minded and therefore our leaders are as weak as those people. I have respect for that leadership or authority only so much as it keeps me out of jail. Every other decision made by anyone in power could be made by almost any other random person and things would continue on virtually unchanged.

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August 3, 2016 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why don’t police clearly state “You are being detained. You are required to identify yourself and may not leave until I say so.” when approaching and questioning someone and “You are now under arrest, you must now come with me” before grabbing them and forcing them into custody?

As a former police officer, I can tell you exactly why they don’t do that.

When you’re in the academy, from day 1 they beat it into your head that “YOU ARE #1. AT THE END OF THE DAY YOUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IS TO GO HOME AT THE END OF YOUR SHIFT.”

What this means is that from the very beginning they are instilling into the minds of new recruits that their lives are absolutely more important than the lives of anyone they may come into contact with. Now, they aren’t saying that the rest of society is fucked, just that there are enough that are fucked, that it is our duty not to take any chances. So there is an implicit understanding that their top priority is themselves. There is an explicit understanding that “it’s better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6” meaning *the first time you fuck up and don’t treat people as potential murderers then you will be killed and 6 of your fellow officers will carry your casket.

It’s not hard to see how these people get god complexes, is it? I graduated from a Class A academy in Missouri, which is 940 hours (6 months). Even the strongest mentally will crumble after 6 months of brainwashing.

So the idea behind your specific question is that by telling the individual anything concrete, they are allowing a moment, or more, for the “criminal” to “make his move on you.” They follow it up with all kinds of statistics that say, “the vast majority of the time when someone resists, they do so after the first handcuff is applied.” This immediately puts the officer on the offensive every single time because in the back of their minds, they’re one handcuff away from being killed with their own service weapon. So they’re gonna kill you first and take their chances with a 12 person jury.

This is also why things like, “10-12” exist when calling for wants/warrants check. If there is a warrant dispatch will come back over the radio, “309” “309 go ahead.” “309 10-12” “309 copy” At this point the officer will either effect his physical arrest or if the suspect is in the car (troopers often place people in their front seat while doing business), they will walk outside of the car after turning the volume down on their car radio. Then they go back to dispatch, “309, go ahead with your 10-12” 10-12 just means “confidential” or code word for, “I’m about to say this person has a warrant over the radio so you need to prepare yourself for a potential fight if he hears this information.”

– Chelsor 

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July 27, 2016 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What was the alternative to dropping the atomic bomb on Japan?

The alternative to bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki would have been Operation Downfall. Operation Downfall would be split into two parts: Operation Olympic and Operation Coronet.

Operation Olympic was scheduled for November 1st, 1945. It’s goal was the invasion of the southern part of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four Japanese main islands. It was to involve forty-two aircraft carriers, twenty-four battleships and over four-hundred cruisers, destroyers and destroyer escorts. By comparison today’s US navy only consists of 271 deployable combat ships. Fourteen Army and Marine Corps divisions would have invaded the beaches. The Fifth, Seventh and Thirteenth Air Forces would have provided tactical air support for the troops on the beaches, with the Twentieth Air Force continuing their strategic bombing of Japanese infrastructure, in the hopes of slowing down the Japanese main counterattack.

Operation Coronet was scheduled for March 1st, 1946. Twenty-five Army and Marine divisions would have landed on two opposing beaches, with the plan being to take Tokyo in a large pincer movement. By comparison, the entirety of all American, Canadian and British forces landing on D-Day amounted to twelve divisions.

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July 20, 2016 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why does Japan have such a high suicide rate?

I’m teaching in Korea at the moment, which recently surpassed Japan in suicide rates. Korea has the highest suicide rate in the world, among the top 31 wealthiest nations now, and suicide is the number one cause of death for people under the age of 40 in the country. last time I checked, anyway (about 2 months ago). Japan and Korea certainly share some similarities.

The week or so after I arrived, a 10 year old girl at a school near my town got a decent grade on a report card. It wasn’t the best grade, it wasn’t the worst. Her mom was pissed and, as a punishment, took her to the barber shop to get her hair cut way shorter than usual. A few days later the girl jumped from the 17th story of her apartment building. She left a bunch of notes written to her friends in crayon that said “Life is too difficult.”

Even in Asian countries that aren’t communist, the cultures are still collectivist. You’re not really you. You are a cog in your society. You’re expected to do your part, keep your head down, bust your ass, and not think too much about why.

Kids here, even the tiny elementary school kids, have longer days than I do.

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July 13, 2016 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why does a strong punch to the jaw or face knock people out?

So your body is full of blood, which all your organs need. However, when we move around, like getting up from laying down, the blood ends up not moving with enough pressure to get everywhere. So, it’s important that your body keep the pressure of your blood around the same level. Because if your brain doesn’t get blood, you pass out.

Now, you body has different ways of doing this. It can either pump your heart faster (what doctors call increasing cardiac output), or it can make your arteries smaller, life when you put your finger at the opening of a hose (doctors call this increasing vascular resistance). To do this, your body has sensors in different places that measure the pressure in your veins (doctors call these baroreceptors).

The most important ones are on either side of the arteries that go to your brain (carotids). These are important even a small drop in pressure of blood to your brain can cause you to pass out.

When boxes fight, they aim for these receptors, which are right behind the angle of your jaw. If you either hit the jaw hard enough, or land a punch on top of these receptors, the body thinks that there is too much pressure. So, it slows down the heart and makes your arteries wide. This drops the pressure in your head.

The body is smart though. It knows that it’s easier for blood to get to your brain when you are laying in the ground. So when this happens, our body goes link and we drop to the ground. The lack of blood getting to the head caused something like a reboot, and it takes a few seconds for your body to get all the pressures right again.

Doctors use this method as well. If a patient comes in with a heart that is beating too fast, so fast that they can’t see what’s wrong with it on the machine, they’ll try what’s called a carotid massage. (Don’t do this, or you might pass out). They take their fingers and massage the carotids in both sides of the patient’s neck. The body will react by slowing down the heart (sometimes), and then the doctors can see what’s wrong.

– JCjustchill 

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July 6, 2016 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What’s it like to get laid out in the NFL?

 It was like being in a car accident. Everything was fast, then it was suddenly slow motion. I was running down on punt coverage against Dallas last season, like I’ve done a thousands times before. I pushed off on my blocker. I turned to my left. I saw a white jersey.

Car crash.

I hit the ground, and I heard the sound you never want to hear. When you have a brush with death, people always say you see a light. Well, I didn’t see a light. I heard a noise. You know the noise I’m talking about — like when you were a little kid, bored at a family party, and you ran your finger around the top of your auntie’s wine glass. It’s that weird, far-off ringing sound. 

It was terrifying. I couldn’t hear the crowd. I couldn’t hear my teammates. That’s when I knew it was bad.

I was thinking, O.K., get up. Just get up.

But I couldn’t get up. My whole body was numb. I couldn’t move my arms. I couldn’t move my head. I couldn’t talk.

All I could do was move my eyes. I was thinking:

Am I deaf?

Am I paralyzed?

What is going on?

Am I about to die?

Please, somebody come help me.

In that moment, I was completely helpless. You know what it felt like? Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis? Imagine you wake up from a dream early in the morning, and you can hear everybody in your house making breakfast and talking and laughing, but you can’t move. No matter how hard you try, you can’t actually get up. You’re stuck in between being asleep and being awake.

So you just lay there, trapped inside your own body while the world goes on around you. That’s exactly what it felt like, except I wasn’t in bed. I was at the 50-yard-line of Cowboys Stadium, surrounded by 90,000 fans.

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June 29, 2016 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

How does the witness protection program work exactly?

You have different levels of witness protection, but I assume you are talking about the most advanced, which would be WITSEC run by the Department of Justice and the US Marshals service.

Before the person testifies, USMS would be responsible for protecting the person and in coordinating with the local police agencies, would be responsible for getting them to and from trial to testify.

After they testify, USMS will relocate them to a different location and will provide them with back stopped identifications. These are not fake IDS, they are real IDs issued by people within the Federal and State agencies that assist with the program. Basically, those agencies add this new identity to their databases and may backstop it (create archived information to show the person has existed and wasn’t just created out of thin air) this way nobody, even other people from that agency, would know it was a fake identification. they would obviously then be issued legitimate documents under that created identitity such as social security cards, birth certificates, maybe driver’s licenses, and even some other stuff such as high school diplomas and other stuff possibly needed to help them get work, get their kids into school, etc.

They would be coached by their coordinator regarding their and their families new identifications. Basically, name, date of birth, and their new identities history. Practicing signing and writing their new name so they don’t accidentally sign their old identity on a credit card receipt or something.

The majority of these people are criminals themselves and about one if five of them are subsequently arrested again in WITSEC which causes a problems for the program and may require intervention from WITSEC. The most infamous example of this was mob gangster associate Henry Hill (goodfellas), who was arrested after spending years in WITSEC.

A person can leave WITSEC at anytime, the program is completely voluntary.

The persons family is often allowed, and encouraged, to join the person in WITSEC.

– Independent1411

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June 22, 2016 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why was Muhammad Ali selected to go to Vietnam but not other prominent athletes? 

In the 50s and early 60s the local draft board had almost total control over how they would pick draftees. This lead to accusations they draft boards were targeting lower income people and minorities, especially in the South. The draft boards were of course all white and later investigations found that these accusations were true.

Ali originally failed the Armed forces qualifying test because he was poorly educated and couldn’t read or write well. Ali had gone to school in the south before the desegregation of schools and African Americans rarely got a decent education. After Ali joined the Nation of Islam and becan speaking out against segregation he was reclassified as 1-A and drafted right away.

Of course the draft board would never admit that he was drafted because he spoke out against the injustices of segregation but it was pretty much the reason. Local draft boards would often use the draft as punishment for people who they saw as creating social upheaval ir were problems. They also drafted Elvis and pretty much admited it was for those reasons.

The policy of letting draft boards decide how they picked people lead to protests and eventually changed to a lottery. So Ali was right, he most likely was drafted because he spoke out against segregation. Also Ali was probably offered a spot in the special service. He would not have had regular duty and pretty much would have just put on exhibitions for the troops.

There are plenty of Athletes who were drafted. Rocky Bleler was drafted right out of college and actually fought. I know that Nolan Ryan and Bill Bradley were also drafted but were given slots in the National Guard and didn’t have to fight.

– malrick

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June 15, 2016 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

If a plane crash is certain, are the passengers informed?

In 2000 my wife and I along with my 10 & 12 year old children flew Spirit airlines non-stop from Detroit to Los Angeles for a Disney vacation. My daughter and I were in the bulkhead seats on one side of the aisle while my wife and son were in row 2 on the other side. 20 minutes into the flight we hear a loud bang and the plane immediately fills with a white cloud of vapor so thick we couldn’t see the person next to us. It wasn’t smoke because we didn’t cough though.

The pilot came on the intercom and said ‘Ladies & Gentlemen, we’ve obviously had a malfunction. The smoke will clear very quickly. (which it did). We will land at the closest airport which is Grand Rapids Michigan. Please hold on for more info.’

So, everybody is pretty calm for a couple of minutes until the stewardesses began the crash positions talk. I was very calm and reassured my daughter that everything would be fine. HOWEVER, from our seats in the front row we could see into the galley where the two most senior stewardesses were openly sobbing and praying over a Rosary. Holy crap, this was serious.

A few minutes before landing the stewardesses began shouting as loud as they absolutely could ‘Heads Down’, ‘Emergency Position’. Non stop for 6 or 7 straight minutes. They were really serious. And clearly afraid. The pilot had never relayed anything other than a calm ‘no big deal’ demeanor.

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June 8, 2016 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What did John Lennon see in Yoko Ono?

Probably the best account comes from John Lennon himself in the book Lennon Remembers, a transcript of some really long interviews he did with Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine after the breakup of the Beatles.

How did you meet Yoko?

I’m sure I told you this many times.  How did I meet Yoko?  There was a sort of underground clique in London: John Dunbar, who was married to Marianne Faithfull, had an art gallery in London called Indica and I’d been going around to galleries a bit on my off days in between records.  I’d been to see a Takis exhibition–I don’t know if you know what that means–he does multiple electromagnetic sculptures, and a few exhibitions in different galleries who showed these sort of unknown artists or underground artists.  I got the word that this amazing woman was putting on a show next week and there was going to be something about people in bags, in black bags, and it was going to be a bit of a happening and all that.  So I went down to a preview of the show.  I got there the night before it opened.  I went in–she didn’t know who I was or anything–I was wandering around, there was a couple of artsy type students that had been helping lying around there in the gallery, and I was looking at it and I was astounded.  There was an apple on sale there for two hundred quid, I thought it was fantastic–I got the humor in her work immediately.  I didn’t have to have much knowledge about avant-garde or underground art, but the humor got me straightaway.  There was a fresh apple on a stand–this was before Apple–and it was two hundred quid to watch the apple decompose.  But there was another piece which really decided me for-or-against the artist: a ladder which led to a canvas with a chain with a spyglass hanging on the end of it.  This was near the door when you went in.  I climbed the ladder, you look through the spyglass and in tiny little letters it says “yes.”  So it was positive.  I felt relieved.  It’s a great relief when you get up the ladder and you look through the spyglass and it doesn’t say “no” or “fuck you” or something, it said “yes.”

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